Snowdrops at Moggerhanger

The sunshine was  gorgeous today, couldn’t wait to go out. Went to Moggerhanger Park to see snowdrops. There were some posters which were very informative.

We had a good look around. It was half-term, the park was full of kids. The house was still closed, will come again.

Did you know these ?

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Are they beautiful?

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Finally face up! – with help

Along the woodland trails there are some view points.

 

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Cabbage
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Wheat

Have a good weekend!

 

Silence in a Village

Last week Weekly Photo Challenge:  Silence

Turvey  is a small village located  on the River Great Ouse in Bedfordshire, England. We visited it because of  one friend’s recommendation, she learned iconography in Turvey Abbey.

We got there around 1 pm in a sunny  Saturday afternoon. Most of houses were  beautiful  stone cottages in the village. But surprisingly streets were quiet,  just a few  people were at outsides, occasionally some cars passed through a main road. When we walked around, felt like intruders,  I even felt that I had to hold my breathe, otherwise we would break the silence .

We found the Abbey and the Monastery, but  didn’t enter,   didn’t want to disturb them.

Took as many photos as I could, then left. When I looked at  them again, I can still feel the stillness.

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cute bus stop
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quiet
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All Saints Church
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church yard
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pub- another visitor?
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Who are you, strangers?
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Peeking

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the Monastery – a lady is on retreat – silence
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Observing silently

Happy Christmas 2017!

Went to Amsterdam for a long weekend at the start of the December. The city was looking festive with Christmas light and decoration. Amsterdam Light Festival was taking place.  In every evening we wandered around the city.  Went on Water Colours  Cruise in one night, it was an amazing experience.

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Back to the UK , for the community group Christmas social, I brought a roast duck and spring rolls. Found a very easy and  convenient way this year to dry the duck but didn’t get chance to take photos after it was roasted as we were late.

On Christmas Day, had roast beef.

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Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Peaceful New Year!

Trip to China 2: Visit a Public Park

People in China live in apartments in urban areas, and  they don’t have private gardens. Cities are highly populated, and there are few green spaces. Public parks are the places for them to do exercise, meet up, and also enjoy nature , especially for elderly.  They are a microcosm of Chinese culture.  The parks open all day and many traditional Chinese activities are being performed, from  Tai Chi, Mahjong, fan dancing, card-playing, to Beijing opera.

There is a public park just in front of the apartment which our family live. We went to visit it on a Saturday morning. Since it was weekend, there were more people than usual :- some children were having weekend courses, some were just enjoying to see flowers and shrubs.

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a public park
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children with their parents on drawing class
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drawing a bridge
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martial arts
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Beautiful!
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playing cards
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Fishing
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Singing
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Have a lovely day

Trip to China 1: Fly to Beijing

Bought the flight tickets two months ago, just after Chinese New Year. Last time we visited was one year ago, so we were very much looking forward to going and seeing families and relatives again. The flight was from London to Beijing via Paris.

It was a long journey: we took taxi and left home at 6 am UK time and got home in China about 12 pm Beijing time, in total  it was 23 hours!

Didn’t get much sleep on the plane, saw three films. The food was not as good as before, probably because the tickets were too cheap and so can’t complain. There were still many empty seats. Surprised to see this because it was just one day before Good Friday.

We took off from Paris around lunchtime and landed in Beijing in the early morning. The sky was clear we got great view of sunrise.

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At the airport
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Welcome
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Take off
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Beautiful Cloud
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The sun is rising
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The sun is out
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Here it is!
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Above Beijing
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Landed!